Program Details

Elvis Presley: A Birthday Tribute to the King

Robert Wyatt
Video Catch-up

Course Description

On Sept. 9, 1956, more than 60 million people witnessed a young entertainer croon his way into national consciousness on "The Ed Sullivan Show." With an onstage persona that magnified unbridled sensuality and a versatile musical style that drew from rock and roll, gospel, blues, country, and pop, Elvis Aaron Presley exuded charms that would make him the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. American music specialist Robert Wyatt introduces you to “The King,” from his birth and childhood through the historic Sun Records sessions, meteoric rise to stardom, and tragic death at age 42. Remember the songs that peppered our earlier lives, songs like "Hound Dog," "Are You Lonely Tonight?," "Blue Suede Shoes," and many more. Enjoy rare archival footage and interviews which clarify the life experiences that shaped his career and influenced him outside of the limelight.

About the Instructor

  • Steinway artist, Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, Steinway Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for thirty years and as a Smithsonian Scholar, Wyatt has presented musical programs under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. His book, "The George Gershwin Reader," was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.